The '''Industrial Workers of the World''' ('''IWW'''), members of which are commonly termed "'''Wobblies'''", is an international labor union that was founded in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois
in the United States of America. The union combines general union
ism with industrial unionism
, as it is a general union whose members are further organized within the economic sector|industry
of their employment. The Industrial Workers of the World philosophy and tactics|philosophy and tactics of the IWW
are described as "revolutionary industrial unionism", with ties to both History of the socialist movement in the United States|socialist
and Anarchism in the United States|anarchist
In the 1910s and early 1920s, the IWW achieved many of their short-term goals, particularly in the American West, and cut across traditional guild and union lines to organize workers in a variety of trades and industries. At their peak in August 1917,...